WASHINGTON STATE: A Literary Chronicle by W. Storrs--Ed. Lee

WASHINGTON STATE: A Literary Chronicle

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A chronological compendium of excerpted works provides a composite ""appraisal of the state"" with certainly an emphasis on the early days of discovery and exploration of the ""unhallowed wilderness."" Trappers and traders, overlanders and settlers, missionaries, naturalists and poets (from the first native talent of questionable quality, Frances Fuller Victor, to today's Gary Snyder and Theodore Roethke) all represent the westward ho--the laying of the railroads, lumbering, building, gold prospecting and of course the Indian Wars. Among the better known contributors--Washington Irving, Bernard De Voto, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, Pierre Jean De Smet, Owen Wister, Charles Nordhoff, and the prophetic imprecations of Chief Seattle--""The Indian's night promises to be dark."" The editor provides identifying and amplifying insets and the book should find its intended indigenous and regional market.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls